Having trouble conceiving? These health tips promote fertility
Getting pregnant for some couples is easy. For the approximately 6.7 million American couples who suffer from infertility, however, getting a positive pregnancy test is much more challenging and frustrating. However, there are tips to promote fertility.
In addition to taking advantage of the latest advanced reproductive technologies offered by Texas Fertility Center, there are many lifestyle changes you can adopt to promote fertility.
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According to Womenshealth.gov, in 1/3 of cases the cause of infertility comes from the woman; in 1/3 of cases the cause comes from the man; and in 1/3 of cases there is a combination of male and female issues or other unknown problems. While all infertility cases aren’t the same, experts agree that there are health and lifestyle tips all men and women should follow to increase their chances for conceiving.
1) Maintain your ideal weight
Maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t just make you feel and look better – it can help you conceive. Being underweight or overweight can cause issues with fertility. Women with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 and those with a BMI of less than 19 may experience problems such as ovulating irregularly or not at all. In men, a high BMI can decrease sperm count and movement.
2) Stress less
Trying to relax and eliminate stress while trying to deal with infertility can be challenging. However, finding ways to relax can mitigate problems brought on by stress such as decreased sexual function.
3) Junk food detox
Eating fruits, vegetables, and foods high in antioxidants is beneficial to everyone, but especially for men trying to ensure they produce healthy sperm. In a recent study, men who ate a diet high in saturated fat had 35% fewer sperm than men who ate the least saturated fat. Eating nutrient-rich foods will also give a boost to a woman’s reproductive system, increasing her chances for conceiving. What should men and women eat? Load up on veggies, grass-fed animal meat and milk, fruits, nuts, pasteurized eggs and whole, gluten-free grains.
Go easy on your exercise routine
Thin women with a BMI under 25 who engage in rigorous exercise 5 or more hours a week are almost 42% less likely to get pregnant than women who don’t exercise at all. Vigorously swimming, running or doing aerobics can disrupt menstrual cycles and affect ovulation. Focus on moderate–intensity exercise for 30-60 minutes a day.
If you’re thinking about starting or expanding your family, our fertility specialists can guide you on lifestyle tips and changes to promote fertility. Contact us for more information.